Tag Archives: classic crime review

Pick of the month: March 2013

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Last month I judged the reading public ready for my CWA top 100 reading dashboard. I may have been wrong, but I’m sticking with it. You’ll notice 3% growth month-on-month, a result of focusing on completing a few more titles on … Continue reading

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Judging a book by its cover

Inspired by the recent-ish blog post about a six-year-old trying to guess what her father’s books were about based on the covers, I conducted my own experiment today with the elder of the two Minor Offences (aged 4). Obviously I gave … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: February 2013

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February was a slow month for reading, and even slower for reviewing. I only managed four books, and only one from my CWA list, further endangering my plan to finish it this year. As I’ve spent much of the month … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: January 2013

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This has probably been the most varied month of crime-fiction-devouring that I’ve had since beginning this blog. I began by finishing C. J. Sansom’s Heartstone – a massive read at over 700 pages. Sansom’s Shardlake series spans the second half of … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: December 2012

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I’ve moaned before that I get more time to read when I’m not on holiday (commuting’s not all bad), so books have been a bit thin on the ground recently. However, I’ve had no complaints about quality. Cambridge Blue by … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: November 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise This month I read my first e-book, courtesy of Bello Books: The Department of Dead Ends. These stories by Roy Vickers represent a milestone in the development of the ‘inverted … Continue reading

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Book report for October 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise. I read: Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key Phil Rickman: The Heresy of Dr Dee Alan Hunter: Gently with the Ladies Nicholas Blake: The Beast … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: September 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise. I’m one of that unhappy minority of readers who actually read less while they’re on holiday. If commuting is good for anything it’s book consumption. Anyway, in September I read: Andrew … Continue reading

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Richard Stark: The Hunter

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The Hunter Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) First published in the US 1962 This edition 2008, University of Chicago Press ISBN: 9780226770994 208 pages Score 4/5 My friend Nigel loaned me this a few weeks ago. It’s an edition of the 1962 … Continue reading

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Father Brown: The Secret Garden

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This is my last in my short series of reviews of Father Brown stories, anticipating the BBC series scheduled for 2013. It is again chosen from The Innocence of Father Brown (1911). I will be coming back to Chesterton later, though, … Continue reading

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